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Former Florida State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith Endorses EL’ona Kearney for Governor


Yakima, WA May 24, 2024— EL’ona Kearney, a passionate advocate for community-driven governance, is honored to receive the endorsement of former Florida State Representative Jimmie T. Smith. Smith, who is currently visiting Yakima, WA, has a longstanding relationship with Kearney and her family. Kearney and her children had the invaluable opportunity to intern under Smith, gaining firsthand experience that has profoundly shaped her vision and approach to public service.

During her internship, EL’ona Kearney acquired practical knowledge and insight into the legislative process. This experience inspired her to establish her own nonprofit organization, dedicated to teaching youth how to navigate the legislative process, draft bill proposals, and present them effectively. Her commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders is a testament to her dedication to making a tangible difference in her community.

In his endorsement, Jimmie T. Smith stated, “I fully endorse EL’ona for governor because, out of all the people running for governor I have read about or looked up, EL’ona is the only one whose sole focus is to make Washington better for the people.”

EL’ona Kearney’s campaign is built on the principles of inclusivity, transparency, and genuine service to the community. Her firsthand experiences and dedication to public service position her uniquely to lead Washington towards a brighter future. The endorsement video from Jimmie T. Smith can be viewed at

Media Contact:

LeShawn Gamble  206-660-4811

Social Media: @elonaforgov 


Join EL’ona Kearney in her journey to build a better Washington for all its residents. Together, we can make a difference.


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